Brent Oliver

Lexington, KY, USA
Certified UM Trainer/Teacher

Brent Oliver is a mindfulness lead trainer and writer from Lexington, KY. He’s known for his bold, straightforward approach spiced with plenty of humor, curiosity, and skepticism. His main goals are to advocate for modern mindfulness, educate people about what it does and how, and facilitate access to this powerful practice.


His meditative journey began in 1996 with Buddhism, which probably saved his life, pathetic as it was at the time. For many years, he studied and practiced within various traditional approaches before realizing no single tradition could possibly contain him. He asked a lot of awkward questions, made tons of mistakes, and was asked to leave some very nice places. Over more than two decades, his path has evolved into cutting-edge contemplative cross training with Shinzen Young’s teachings at the core.



After seeing the massive decrease in his own suffering, Brent was determined to guide others on a secular path to personal freedom and authenticity. Becoming a lead trainer in the UM system has let him to do just that. Even more, it’s made him part of the mindfulness revolution, helping spread these universal, accessible methods that have such enormous potential to elevate human happiness.


Brent works with individual clients to custom-tailor techniques based on their specific goals and aptitudes. He also brings mindfulness to schools, businesses, or any group interested in its many benefits. One of his greatest strengths is a freakish versatility that makes him equally skilled at addressing boardrooms, living rooms, and classrooms. To learn more about him and what he offers, please visit his website at